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DISTRACTION POLITICS…

By David Vance On May 24th, 2015 at 11:33 am

One may wonder WHY it is that the IRA’s proxies in Sinn Fein have been so vocal in the “gay marriage”debate, going so far as to demand a referendum on such in Northern Ireland. I have a theory – I am certain they are playing the game of distraction politics. What do I MEAN by this? Consider…

The DUP is set to force the welfare reform stalemate by introducing the welfare bill at Stormont next week. Party leader Peter Robinson said if the bill is rejected he will ask the Secretary of State Theresa Villiers to take back welfare reform powers.

“We would be asking the business committee during the course of today to table the welfare bill for as soon as possible, I hope next week,” said the First Minister.

 “People will then have the opportunity to see Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey’s paper on how the welfare proposals would be implemented and Finance Minister Arlene Foster’s budget paper on what the consequences would be if it is not implemented.

“And they would know that without the budgetary clearance being there, that the Assembly would fall. So I think that will concentrate minds in the Assembly – they will know what is at stake and if the bill is not passed we would therefore ask the Government to take back powers or to legislate in this area.”

Sinn Fein remain opposed to welfare reform. Their financial Ludddism is coming up against reality and so all this talk of “Gay marriage” is a useful distraction.

THE GAY TIDE…

By David Vance On May 24th, 2015 at 11:26 am

OK then, I am sure you will have read that Ireland has become the 1st country in the world to have its people endorse “gay marriage.” I believe we must respect this view and wish Ireland every success as it pegs out a post-Christian and Post-Roman Catholic future. I was on the LBC radio station this morning being asked to comment on whether Northern Ireland would be next in line to endorse Gay Marriage. I don’t think it will happen anytime soon and for the following reasons;

1. Gay Marriage has been rejected by the Stormont Assembly FOUR TIMES now.

2. Even if it was to gain a majority of votes at Storming, a DUP petition of concern would ensure it doesn’t become law.

3. There seems little widespread clamour for this next step in the gay agenda. Gay people here can have civil partnerships, the only reason to want to have full married status has to be to subvert the RELIGIOUS institution of marriage, namely between one man and one woman. I believe the Protestant and Roman Catholic churches here will both oppose this, along with at least half of the political parties. So the conditions that prevail here are not as those that were the backdrop in the Irish Republic.

Yes, the gay activists will continue it agitate, to persecute and bully, but it seems a decent bet that they will need to go outside of Northern Ireland for their marriage certificates for the foreseeable future.

LABOUR SAY YES, OR NO, OR WHATEVER?

By David Vance On May 24th, 2015 at 11:18 am

Let’s go back in time a few weeks and check out what Labour was saying on the vexed issue of the UK holding an EU referendum.

David Cameron’s pledge to hold a referendum on Britain’s EU membership is “a clear and present danger” to jobs and business, Ed Miliband has warned.

OK. Got that? Such a poll would be a “clear and present danger”. And now today…

Acting leader Harriet Harman has said Labour will now support plans for an EU referendum by the end of 2017.

I see.

Here is Groucho summing up Labour in 2015….

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DUTCH COURAGE…

By David Vance On May 24th, 2015 at 11:13 am

Seen this?

The Dutch cabinet has approved a proposal for a partial ban on face-covering Islamic veils on public transport and in public areas such as schools and hospitals. After the cabinet backed a bill by the interior minister, Ronald Plasterk, the government said in a statement on Friday: “Face-covering clothing will in future not be accepted in education and healthcare institutions, government buildings and on public transport.”

The ban would not apply to wearing the burqa or the niqab on the street, only for security reasons or “in specific situations where it is essential for people to be seen”, the Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, told journalists after a cabinet meeting. He said: “The bill does not have any religious background.” The proposal will be sent to a panel of legal advisers for assessment.”

Too little, too late, in my view. Why? Well, have a think about this…

 Faced with an increasingly segregated education system, Dutch immigrant children have taken to the streets of their ethnically mixed Amsterdam neighbourhood seeking “white” pupils to attend their schools and help their integration. Around 100 schoolchildren — Arabs, Turks, Africans, Moroccans — accompanied by their parents and teachers, wore provocative dazzling white T-shirts emblazoned with “Is this white enough for you?”

The Dutch embraced the idea of multiculturalism and it is destroying that Nation State. It now imposes a partial ban on the garb of Islam but does anyone seriously think this will resolve the demographic time bomb it has created?

 

It truly is amazing what….

By Mike Cunningham On May 24th, 2015 at 11:10 am

…..Twenty-odd Million dollars will buy. You can buy a Sunseeker cruising yacht; you can hire a private island in the Seychelles for three years; you are able to make a substantial downpayment on a private Lear jet: or you can influence the voting of an entire country by funding a huge advert campaign to persuade an entire nation that allowing homosexuals to ‘marry‘ is a ‘good thing’

 

RETURN OF THE NATIVE…

By David Vance On May 24th, 2015 at 11:04 am

Well then, it’s been quite a few weeks. I buried my Mother just over two weeks ago and then my brother-in-law died and was buried this Thursday past. He was 59, taken by a brain tumour. I have had more than enough grief and so it’s a pleasure to return here and just talk politics. Hope you have all been well, as I tweeted a few days ago… “Non est ad astra mollis e terris.” Ain’t that the truth. Right, let’s roll….

Tell it like it is.

By Mike Cunningham On May 24th, 2015 at 9:17 am

You will feel sorry if a complete stranger commits suicide by stepping in front of a seven-hundred ton train moving at 95 m.p.h., even if his self-serving death impacts on your life only through a delay to your travel plans.

You are not allowed to state your mind, if you are of the belief that the suicide didn’t want to live any more, to voice this opinion, in public, as this statement may well offend others.

If a complete stranger does commit suicide, you are not allowed to voice any opinion contrary to the majority ‘progressive’ view, which is that we all must instantly ‘understand’ the pressures which forced this person into ending his or her own life; even if this suicidal death was purely selfish, and would have been, if the law had not been altered, a criminal act!

Signed

Gruppenfuhrer Harman

Reichsleiter Sturgeon

ReichsChancellor Cameron

THE TRIUMPH OF ENGLISH

By Pete Moore On May 23rd, 2015 at 9:37 pm

I’ve never watched the Eurovision Song Contest before. Alright, I’ve seen bits of it, but I’ve never actually watched it.

But here I am tonight, half knackered from a long walk this morning, and half pissed from watching the rugby this afternoon, with the show on my telly for proper.

I see it’s hosted in Vienna, presumably because the bearded he-she won last year. And Wogan’s given way to Graham Norton, which is a shame.

The striking thing to me, though, is that the show’s compered in English and that almost all the acts – which so far include Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania, Serbia, Norway, Belgium, Greece, Montenegro , Germany and Poland – are performing songs in English, with English titles .

More than that, the grammar and language proficiency is better than in Britain, mostly.

I dunno, maybe commercial considerations are in there. There must be a plea to a common level in the chase for votes too. Still, it’s quite a cultural thing to ponder. Maybe when I’m more sober I’ll come back to it.

Worthy of The August Destiny

By Mahons On May 23rd, 2015 at 3:11 pm

You say you want an evolution.  Ireland has voted for gay marriage.  Equality matters.  A great story as a small minority obtained equal rights status, not mere begrudging tolerance, in a peaceful and decisive vote.  The right thing has been done, which is a nice thing to see.  The sky has not fallen, heterosexual marriages will rise and fall on their own accord, and no one has been forced to abandon their religion or beliefs.  A great day for those who cherish Justice for all, and not justice for most.

ATW FRIDAY NIGHT JUKEBOX

By Pete Moore On May 22nd, 2015 at 8:49 pm

Because Friday night is Music Night.

Well, it’s Music Night eventually, thanks to the customary Friday/Bank Holiday traffic jam on the A303. I do love the Stonehenge landscape, but I’d rather not view it from the same spot on the road for an hour – bah.

Still, it gave me time to plug in the new-fangled iPod thingy and hit shuffle. This is one of the gems which came up, a proper bit of quality soul. Tomorrow night it’s the Eurovision Song Contest, so the entire continent will go on suicide watch. You won’t be hearing anything like this on it.

Sometimes it’s the little things that catch you. Press play and hear those opening few notes. It’s just a simple progression, but they always hit the spot with me. They just sound perfect.

As always, feel free to link to your fav sounds –

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